We have a funny sloppy joes story in our family. Many years ago, I had to go back home to help my parents so Mr. Meat Eater and the kids were left at our home. Now, as you know, Mr. Meat Eater does not cook unless it involves the smoker so I left some easy things for him to make. One of those things was sloppy joes. I didn’t even expect him to make them from scratch but he did have to add the spice packet and the sauce to the browned ground beef. He did fine until it came to adding the sauce. He forgot. So he and the kids had slopless joes and we never forget to remind him of this. To this day, the kids laugh about it. So do I!
Anyway, this recipe is just plain awesome. It’s easy so don’t let the long list of ingredients stop you from making them. Rachael Ray’s recipes don’t always appeal to me but this one is spot on. We eat sloppy joes like an open face sandwich instead of a regular sandwich.
1 1/4 lb ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 small red bell pepper, chopped
1/4 cup brown sugar
2-3 tsps Montreal steak seasoning
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 cups tomato sauce
2 tbsps tomato paste
4 rolls, your choice of type ~ we use hamburger rolls that I butter and toast in the oven
Cook meat, onion, and red bell pepper in a large skillet over medium high heat. When the meat is completely cooked, drain and return to the same pan.
Add the rest of the ingredients to the meat/vegetable mixture in the pan ~ except rolls, of course ~ stir to combine and reduce the heat to medium. Cook for about 10-15 minutes total.
Using a large spoon, pile the meat on rolls. Add a cheese slice if you prefer.
Makes 4 servings.
Source: Rachael Ray